Cheers for our shears

Com­peti­tors shine in show comp

Warwick Daily News - - News - JOHN SKIN­NER

TRO­PHIES and prize­money from three of the ma­jor classes at the War­wick Show Clean­s­hear com­pe­ti­tion went into New South Wales.

Grant New­man from Ten­ter­field won the In­ter­me­di­ate Shear­ing and backed-up to take out the Open class, the first time this has hap­pened at the War­wick Show.

The Open shear­ing is one for the ex­pe­ri­enced full-time shear­ers or those who have won three In­ter­me­di­ate com­pe­ti­tions while the In­ter­me­di­ate is for those shear­ers who work only part-time. Mr New­man will no longer be able to com­pete in the lower grades now he’s ‘bro­ken’ open.

For­mer War­wick-based shearer and Lon­greach Di­a­mond Shears win­ner Terry O’Leary came out of re­tire­ment on Satur­day to place sec­ond in the Open class while de­fend­ing cham­pion Ian Cullen came away with third.

The other class that saw prize­money and tro­phies head south was the Quick Throw where In­verell, NSW, ‘rousie,’ Tammy Gard­ner took out first place from two War­wick men, Ja­son Skin­ner and Adrian Kiely.

In the Novice class, War­wick-based live­stock agent Olly Gray came in with a win ahead of young Hay­den Aspinall and Adrian Kiely.

Or­gan­is­ers of the shear­ing com­pe­ti­tion were sur­prised at the num­ber of younger en­trants in the Quick Throw and de­cided on the day to shear some smaller sheep and have a Ju­nior Quick Throw for the first time.

Event judges John and Sue Box quickly stepped in with some ex­tra prize­money and the event was a suc­cess.

Lo­cal lass An­nie-May New­man threw two ex­cel­lent fleeces to win ahead of Tyler Aspinall and Cody Skin­ner who threw his first-ever fleece on Satur­day.

In the ‘old duf­fers’ class, the Over 50s, Danny Aspinall rarely misses first place and claimed it again on Satur­day, 20 points clear of sec­ond­placed Olly Gray.

Shear­ing sec­tion stew­ard Reg Cullen said the shear­ing com­pe­ti­tion was as good as he could re­mem­ber.

“The speed and clean­ness of the open shear­ers was a credit to them, it was beau­ti­ful to watch,” he said.

“Strong sup­port from the New South Wales con­tin­gent, good qual­ity sheep loaned for the event by the Box fam­ily and great tro­phies and prize­money helped make the com­pe­ti­tion re­ally suc­cess­ful.”

Pho­tos: Kate Chris­tensen

FLEECED: Hay­den Aspinall around the shoul­der.

QUICK GO THE SHEARS: Danny Aspinall on the first back leg.

FLY­ING CAR­PET: An­drew Costello.

AIR­BORNE: Adrian Kiely throws a curly fleece.

GOOD START: Cody Skin­ner throws his first ever fleece.

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